Re­ces­sion-born firm has grown to meet in­ter­na­tional de­mand

The Corkman - - NEWS - MICHAEL MCGRATH

AN en­gi­neer­ing con­sul­tancy busi­ness es­tab­lished in Charlevill­e at the height of the re­ces­sion in 2010 has pros­pered in the in­ter­ven­ing years and this week moved into new premises in Charlevill­e Town Cen­tre.

Brothers Tony and Donal Fitzger­ald, who are both en­gi­neers with a con­tract­ing back­ground, set up the busi­ness and launched the OCF Project and Com­mer­cial Ser­vices Com­pany. To­day, seven years later, the com­pany em­ploys some 30 peo­ple and has just moved into specif­i­cally re­fur­bished of­fices in the town cen­tre com­plex in Charlevill­e, to pro­vide com­mer­cial sup­port to con­trac­tors in both Ire­land and the UK.

This in­cludes a mon­i­tor­ing func­tion for new lend­ing with key banks and in­vestors, project fea­si­bil­ity cost/ben­e­fit anal­y­sis, in­de­pen­dent prop­erty re­views, from a com­pli­ance value added per­spec­tive.

OCF also pro­vide man­age­ment ser­vices, plan­ning, Fire/DAC cer­ti­fi­ca­tion ap­pli­ca­tions on prop­er­ties rang­ing from one-off units to large ho­tels, com­mer­cial units and hous­ing es­tates.

Their work force now in­cludes en­gi­neers, quan­tity sur­vey­ors, ar­chi­tec­tural tech­ni­cians and ad­min­is­tra­tive staff un­der the man­age­ment of Martina Mor­ris­sey.

The pres­i­dent of Charlevill­e Cham­ber, P. J. McCarthy, wel­com­ing the open­ing of the new premises, said this was a great con­fi­dence boost for Charlevill­e as a cen­tre for lo­cat­ing new busi­ness. He wished OCF and its di­rec­tors, Tony, Donal and Fer­gal, con­tin­ued suc­cess with their work and as­sured them of the sup­port of the Cham­ber where ever pos­si­ble.

“Charlevill­e has been a great cen­tre and 80% of our work is car­ried out here,” said Tony Fitzger­ald. “Its cen­tral lo­ca­tion is ideal for staff trav­el­ling from Cork and Lim­er­ick, and re­gions in be­tween, while those from be­yond that stay lo­cally dur­ing the week.

“Most of our work­force is based here even though the ma­jor­ity of our work flows pri­mar­ily from our of­fices in both Dublin and Lon­don, and other re­gional cities.

“It took us twelve months to find a suit­able premises lo­cally and we now have taken out a 20 year lease on the space here in the town cen­tre,” said Tony Fitzger­ald.

OCF has two sis­ter com­pa­nies, DNCF is the con­tract­ing arm es­tab­lished in 2013 and headed up by Paul Neenan and Mark McKenna along with Tony and Donal Fitzger­ald. The sec­ond Com­pany is OCFI Con­sul­tancy, which is sup­ported by En­ter­prise Ire­land and tar­gets non-Ir­ish based clients and is cur­rently fo­cused on clients in Lon­don and other parts of the UK.

Hav­ing dou­bled turnover in the last two years, Donal, Tony, Mark and Paul in­tend to fur­ther grow their mar­ket share within all three busi­nesses and en­sure they main­tain a key po­si­tion in what is now an in­creas­ing mar­ket in Ire­land, the UK and in­deed cer­tain tar­get coun­tries be­yond.

Tony and Donal Fitzger­ald of OCF Charlevill­e (front) with fel­low di­rec­tors Mark McKenna (back left) and Paul Neenan with of­fice man­ager Martina Mor­ris­sey at the open­ing of their new of­fices at the town cen­tre Charlevill­e.

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